The Meaning Of The Poem In Night By Elie Wiesel

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When we were kids the darkness and the night was a time for our greatest fears to come alive and haunt us. In the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel, the title is significant because it represents the fears the Jewish people had all throughout the holocaust and meant much more as it was referenced throughout the book. The title Night can be interpreted to have many meanings but the one that stuck out the most was that the dark is full of your fears. If you overcome them you can find the light in the darkness. This means that your fears will make you scared and depressed and the only way out is to overcome your fears to find happiness and relief. This is shown in the book when it was the eve of Rosh Hashanah. “Night was falling rapidly. And more and more prisoners kept coming, from every block, suddenly able to overcome time and space, to will both in submission“ (66). This quote shows that even though it was night and they were afraid, the prisoners still came to the gathering to listen to the preaching. Their faith in their religion was more important to them then their fears. This ties into the meaning of the title because it means that the dark is full of your greatest fears and if you face them you can find relief. In this case the relief is when they were listening to the preachings because it was something to believe in and give them hope. Although the title of the book has a deeper meaning, symbolism also plays a huge part in the titles meaning. The title of the book, Night, symbolizes fear, darkness, death, and the unknown because the jewish people know that going into the night means death or they don't know what’s out there. This translates into fear because they want to survive, so they are afraid of the dark and the soldiers. This is proven evident when the prisoners were forced to march in the snow. “ The death knell. The funeral. The procession was beginning its march. ‘ Fall in! Quickly!’ In a few moments, we stood in ranks. Block by block. Night had fallen” (84). This shows how when the soldiers would ring the bell to march, fear would take over the jews because they knew what the night and the bell meant. They knew that the darkness of the night brought possible death for them and

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